February 5, 2012
1. So, how long have you been in the Elida Athletic Boosters?Noni: We were both in band boosters and then when our son went to football, he went to the athletic boosters and I stayed with the band boosters because our daughter was still in band. Ivan: I was in the athletic boosters after 1985.Noni: That's right. You were in the athletic boosters a couple years longer than I was, so you've been in it 32 years and I've been in it about 30 years.2. How did you get involved?Ivan: I was the president of the [Parent Teacher Organization], and I was on the advisory committee for the middle school construction and I was on the middle school board when it was built. I also was on the Apollo school board. Noni: He's always been very active with the school. I've just followed him around. After our kids graduated, I went to athletic boosters because they needed people for concessions3. What do you do exactly?Ivan: I mostly sell tickets and she takes care of the concessions. I sell tickets for soccer, basketball, football and all the tournament games. Noni: Basketball and football concessions is mainly what I do.4. What's one of your favorite jobs?Ivan: I guess being with the kids.Noni: We used to follow them [the students] as they would go on to college. We even went to some of their games, but we don't travel well anymore.5. Do you have any family that still attends Elida schools?Ivan: No, not anymore. Our daughter had three kids who were, but she had to move. The only apartment she could find that would work for them was in Shawnee. 6. What's your favorite memory from the years you have been involved with the boosters?Noni: I'll tell you what — we were honored as the Grand Marshals of the football game in 1993. That has to be one of our favorite memories isn't it?Ivan: We were the first ones not employed by the school to be Grand Marshals.7. What's been the hardest thing about being involved?Noni: Getting volunteers is the hardest thing. We do have about a dozen that are faithful and dependable and always show up. You make good friends and the kids keep us young.Ivan: I can't physically do what I used to do.8. You have received several honors for your work in the boosters. Can you share some of those?Noni: We received the Paul Smith Award in 2007 for sports volunteerism. Is “volunteerism” even a word? Ivan got to throw out the first pitch at the girls' softball game one year. We really can't count all the honors. It's been overwhelming, really.9. Do you see yourself retiring from the boosters any time soon?Ivan: We've slowed down a lot and we've had some people take over some things. I've had a lot of sickness and [Noni] has waited on me hand and foot.Noni: I guess we won't do it forever, but we're not planning on quitting any time soon. We just have fun.